Nick Cannon and Zeus Network Face Backlash Over Colorist Competition
Nick Cannon and Zeus Network are facing criticism for a recent competition that divided women based on their skin tone. The live show, titled “Bad vs. Wild Las Vegas,” featured “Wild ‘N Out” stars from Nick Cannon’s side competing against “Baddies” from Zeus’ side.
The competition, which was promoted online, included various themes, one of which was a separation by skin tone. This sparked outrage among many who viewed it as colorist and perpetuating harmful stereotypes. As a result, Zeus Network took down the post and uploaded an edited version that changed the name to “Chocolate Goddesses VS Caramel Goddesses.”
However, the name change did little to alleviate the criticism. Many argued that the intent of the competition remained the same, regardless of the name. Comments on the issue included statements such as “This is still colorist” and “This whole idea should’ve just been scrapped.” Some accused Zeus and Nick Cannon of trying to put a positive spin on colorism without addressing the underlying issue.
In addition to the skin tone competition, Zeus and Nick also organized a “BBWs vs. Slim Girls” competition on the same night, which faced similar backlash.
Zeus Network attempted to defend themselves by stating, “Remember, we’re here to break down stereotypes, not to uphold them.” However, this statement did little to appease critics who argued that the competitions only reinforced harmful beauty standards and divisions within the community.
It remains to be seen whether Zeus Network will air the controversial competitions or if they will address the backlash they have received. The incident serves as a reminder of the need for media platforms to be conscious of the messages they promote and the potential harm they can cause.